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Rebels’ Brandon Hagel named CHL Player of the Week
Rob Wallator

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Brandon Hagel of the Red Deer Rebels is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending March 19 recording 12 points in four games including six goals and six assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Hagel finished the 2016-17 WHL regular season with a trio of four-point performances over a four-game span helping the Rebels pick up five of a possible eight points to hold onto third place in the Central Division standings.  Last Tuesday night he scored twice including the game-winner while adding two assists as first star of an 8-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers.  The next night he repeated his offensive output, again netting the game’s winning-goal and earning first star honours, as part of a 5-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen.  Hagel was held off the scoresheet on Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton in the first of a home-and-home series with the Oil Kings that ended with two goal and two assist effort on Sunday despite a 5-4 overtime loss.

An 18-year-old from Morinville, AB, Hagel is playing in his second WHL season after joining the club as an undrafted signee prior to the 2015-16 season.  In 65 games this year the sixth round pick of the Sabres in 2016 tallied 31 goals and 40 assists for 71 points.  Hagel and the Rebels will now face the Lethbridge Hurricanes in first round playoff action beginning Saturday.

Also considered for the award this week was last week’s recipient Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong of the Charlottetown Islanders who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games, and Ethan Szypula of the Owen Sound Attack who scored once with 10 assists for 11 points in four games.

2016-17 CHL Players of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

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